Coalesce Episode 2: The Roots of Poverty

Coalesce Episode 2: The Roots of Poverty


This week we had a very special guest on the show, Beth Seremet, one of the founders of the International Justice Mission student chapter at Regent University.

After sharing a little bit about her personal background, we discussed the issue of poverty which Beth sees as creating many of the factors of desperation that leads to human trafficking and slavery.

We discussed Beth’s views that poverty is an inward mentality that allows a person to fall victim to external exploitation (basing her views on Maslov’s hierarchy of needs), and then we moved on to discuss human trafficking and broke it down by numbers and types.

Matt recommended the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as a must-read.

We had three action steps this week.

The first is a petition from the Food Empowerment Project asking Clif Bar, a company who claims to  be “socially responsible”, to revel which countries do they get their cocoa beans. With some 1.7 million children in Ghana and the Ivory Coast being used as slaves in the chocolate industry, we as consumers have the right to know.

The second is at Find out how many slaves are supporting your lifestyle.

Finally, can YOU survive in extreme poverty (less than $1.25 a day)?  Go to to find out.

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Jason Bayless

Jason Bayless is a life-long activist and is currently working at The Pachamama Alliance. When he is not working he spends, working with Center for Farmworker Families and spending his time recording shows, writing blogs, collecting 3D movies, and playing VR games.

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